Carol Platt Liebau: Saddam On Trial

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Saddam On Trial

It's a big day for the Iraqi people, as Saddam Hussein, the dictator who held them by the throat under the hob-nailed boot of cruelty and blood lust for years, goes to trial today.

Don't expect much coverage of the trial in America -- and what there is will be largely negative. It would be too much to ask the press to take the risk that the trial might prompt positive assessments of President Bush's decision to liberate the Iraqi people. Instead, expect to hear about Saddam's defenses, the problems with the Iraqi administration of justice, and a lot about world wide "human rights" groups complaints regarding the trial (although one can quite properly wonder where the same groups were when Saddam was, say, opening the rape rooms and throwing his adversaries to the tigers).

Maybe mine is an overly pessimistic assessment. But given the incredibly stingy and negative coverage of another milestone event in Iraq, as Kathleen Parker points out here -- the vote on the constitution -- it's probably too much to expect that the press will cover the trial fully and fairly in the United States.

5 Comments:

Blogger Draino said...

Yes, we’re all so thrilled about Saddam’s trial. Let’s recap all that we’ve accomplished:

**KILLED thousands of Americans and innocent Iraqis for…?
**RUINED our international standing.
**ANGERED our oil suppliers, thus exposing our biggest weakness - OIL (so much for national security)
**CREATED an anarchists’ haven to produce untold thousands of future terrorists.
**FOUND tons of WMDs…..ooops, never mind.

All so we could hold a Kangaroo court and parade a toothless old man in front of the TV cameras.

What an historic achievement!!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Draino,

Just read this on The Corner at the National Review Online and thought it was a good response to your rant:

From the late Michael Kelly, written from Iraq in 2003:
"Tyranny truly is a horror: an immense, endlessly bloody, endlessly painful, endlessly varied, endless crime against not humanity in the abstract but a lot of humans in the flesh. It is, as Orwell wrote, a jackboot forever stomping on a human face.

I understand why some dislike the idea, and fear the ramifications of, America as a liberator. But I do not understand why they do not see that anything is better than life with your face under the boot. And that any rescue of a people under the boot (be they Afghan, Kuwaiti or Iraqi) is something to be desired. Even if the rescue is less than perfectly realized. Even if the rescuer is a great, overmuscled, bossy, selfish oaf. Or would you, for yourself, choose the boot?"

I could address each of your points individually, but they are so tired and weak it hardly seems worth it. If you are interested in finding out all the reasons your logic and information are flawed, start by going to Victor Davis Hanson's website. You could learn a lot from the man.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

And that any rescue of a people under the boot (be they Afghan, Kuwaiti or Iraqi) is something to be desired. Even if the rescue is less than perfectly realized. Even if the rescuer is a great, overmuscled, bossy, selfish oaf. Or would you, for yourself, choose the boot?

We'll never know will we? The Bush administration never ever gave the American public an opportunity to make that choice. Instead they deliberately lied about WMD and smeared anyone who dared to point out the truth.

If this really was the reason for sending almost 2000 young patriots to their death, the President had the obligation to tell the public prior to getting us involved in the quagmire.

6:00 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. Or the MSM would say Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Saddamn.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Draino said...

Beautiful metaphors about boots and faces....

Did I also mention that this war based on lies is expected to cost...

ONE TRILLION DOLLARS.

Kind of expensive boot removal service don't you think??

5:51 AM  

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